Matt Layt and the Close Brothers Formwise Racing Triumph were on track at the
last weekend's British Grand Prix, as part of the Silverstone 200 support race.
Up against British Superbikes and World Supersport machines, Layt was primarily
focused on using the event as a test.
Layt, who currently lies 4th in the British Supersport Cup, was testing some new
components on his Triumph machine before getting back into British Championship
action next month.
A downpour on the opening lap of Saturday's race caused a delay to the scheduled
proceedings. Having allowed the teams and riders to change over to wet tyres,
the race was restarted over a shorter race distance of just 9 laps. With the
greasy surface making things very difficult for all the riders, Layt kept out of
trouble and brought the bike home in 16th.
Eager to make the most of Sunday's dry race, Layt once again focused on
improving his lap times. Having made significant developments over the course of
the weekend, Layt managed to take more than three seconds out of his qualifying
time, set on Saturday. Although, as he was using the softer tyre option, Layt
decided to pull in after 10 laps due to tyre wear.
Layt: "We have had a fairly productive weekend here at Silverstone. We brought
some new bits with us this weekend, and we really needed this track time to get
everything working right before our next British Supersport Cup race."
"It would have been better if there had been some more dry sessions but we have definitely progressed since
Friday. You only have to look at the improvement in the lap times to see how big
a step forward we have made."
"We made the decision use the softer tyre on Sunday. Towards the end, the tyre
was really struggling so I pulled in. The results weren't our main focus this
weekend, so there was no point stopping out there when it was sliding around
Layt and the Close Brothers Formwise team will not be making the trip north of
the border to this weekend's Knockhill round, so they will next be in action at
Oulton Park on the 6-8th of July.